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  • World traveled chef visits OESJ Middle School

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  • An executive chef with worldwide experience visited Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Middle School last week and told students of the importance of setting and focusing on career path goals.
    Paul Ellis, an executive chef with Paul Gauguin Cruise Lines, visited seventh- and eighth-grade family and consumer science classes and led hands-on cooking lessons and discussed career opportunities available worldwide.
    Ellis is the son of OESJ family and consumer science teacher Cheryl Trodler.
    As a chef for Paul Gaugin and other cruise lines, Ellis has traveled to 135 countries and seven continents. A 1993 graduate of Ilion High School, Ellis attended the Herkimer BOCES food service program and is a 1995 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. In addition to working for cruise lines, Ellis also has experience working in restaurants in Boston and San Francisco and was once the personal chef for Ethel Kennedy at the famous Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, Mass.
    Ellis’ lifelong goal was to be a chef. He began visiting culinary arts schools such as the Culinary Institute of America and Johnson and Wales his freshman year in high school.
    “It’s never too early to begin thinking what career you would like to pursue,” Ellis told the students. “There are opportunities in all kinds of career fields all other the world, but you have to plan and focus on what it is you want to achieve.”
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